State Politics

NASHVILLE — A new poll shows Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander leads Democratic challenger Gordon Ball by 21 points, but with his overall support hovering just

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is questioning why Tennessee’s unemployment rate remains well above the national level when other statistics indicate the state’s jobs picture should be improving.

PERRY, Ga. — Republican Nathan Deal accused Democrat Jason Carter of being inexperienced and unproven, while Carter zoned in on ethics complaints against the incumbent and Georgia's uneven economic recovery Tuesday, as the candidates sharpened their messages during their first head-to-head debate.

PERRY, Ga. — Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue accused each other of offering false hope to voters during a rowdy debate Tuesday, arguing their opponent will not be able to advance anything if elected to Georgia's open Senate seat.

State highway officials are calling on residents for input as they go through an environmental assessment of changes to Tennessee's interstate gateway. But construction on the proposed $89 million retooling of the Interstate 75/I-24 interchange is not likely to start this year.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball's first TV ad in the general election charges U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is "out of tune" with Tennesseans, and it features a piano-playing Alexander serenely pounding out a mangled version of the "Tennessee Waltz."

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., is urging fellow Democrats to vote for independent John Jay Hooker in governor's race over Democrats' little-known nominee, Charlie Brown, on Nov. 4.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., faces renewed criticism from his vanquished GOP primary rival, tea party conservative Joe Carr, who so far has refused to endorse him.

If U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball doesn't beat Lamar Alexander in November, he may have a career in standup.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's first political ad for the Nov. 4 general election doesn't bother to mention Democratic rival Gordon Ball by name but has plenty to say about President Barack Obama.

NASHVILLE — Herbert Slatery was sworn in as state government’s top lawyer on Wednesday, giving Tennessee its first Republican attorney general since 1870.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., will share the stage with his Democratic opponent, Mary Headrick, for the first time tonight at a community forum.

As former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen took the stage at The Chattanoogan hotel to address a room full of doctors Wednesday night, he began by saying that since the time mankind lived in caves, healers have been among the most honored people in society.

Herbert Slatery sworn in as Tennessee's attorney general

First Republican to hold post in 144 years

NASHVILLE -- Herbert Slatery III was sworn in today as Tennessee's first Republican state attorney in 144 years in a ceremony shared by his now-former boss, Gov. Bill Haslam, and state Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee.

NASHVILLE -- On its face, it would appear to be the least controversial of the four proposed changes to Tennessee's Constitution on the November ballot.

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